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Pawtucket (R.I.) district wants to build a high school on the site of a former minor league baseball stadium

Jan. 3, 2022
The 79-year-old McCoy Stadium would be razed, and the district would build a 2,500-student high school.

McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, R.I., may be torn down to make way for a high school campus.

The Pawtucket district hopes to use the baseball stadium site as the location for a 482,500-square foot, 2,500-student high school. The campus would consolidate two of the city’s existing high schools, Shea and Tolman, and possibly a third, the Jacqueline Walsh School for the Arts, reports The Boston Globe.

The school would also house Career Technical Education spaces.

A subcommittee of school and city officials has recommended moving forward with construction plans.

The project would require tearing down the vacant McCoy Stadium, the 79-year-old city-owned stadium that the Pawtucket Red Sox called home for 50 years. The PawSox left McCoy for a new stadium that opened in May in Worcester, Mass.

The high school project would cost about $302.5 million. The city would need to tap a previous school bond and ask the Rhode Island General Assembly to approve another school bond, which would then require approval by Pawtucket voters. The Rhode Island Department of Education would provide reimbursement for about 80% of the costs.

Construction could be completed by 2026.

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